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Ebola crisis

On the front lines of Ebola

In March 2014, West Africa experienced the largest ever outbreak of Ebola, infecting over 28,000 people and claiming over 11,000 lives. See photos from the International Rescue Committee's response on the frontlines of the fight to stop the virus.

  • Alpha Tamba, a physician's assistant from Liberia, traveled to remote villages to address deadly rumors about Ebola including that it was being spread by the government or aid groups. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • A burial team about to carry away the body of a man suspected of having died from Ebola. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • A road in Liberia’s northern Lofa County, where the Ebola virus first entered Liberia from neighboring Guinea in March 2014. Suspected Ebola patients traveled on this track to reach the area’s only Ebola care center. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • Most new Ebola cases occurred among health workers and people who were taking care of sick relatives. Here, Emmanuel Boyah, IRC’s health manager in Lofa County, trains local health workers in the use of protective clothing. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • A shopkeeper washes his hands in chlorine solution in Barkedu, an Ebola-stricken village in Lofa County. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • A mother and her children listen to a discussion about Ebola in Barkedu’s town hall. Information sharing is key in the effort to contain the virus. Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • Mamadee Bayour is one of the few people in Barkedu who contracted Ebola and survived. “I’m now helping my community to keep safe,” he said. “If we take care, we will win this battle.” Photo: Peter Biro/IRC

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  • With schools closed during the Ebola crisis, the IRC ensured that children were able to continue to learn through informal learning groups, educational radio programs, and access to library books. Photo: Erika Perez-Leon/IRC

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